A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Democratic Primary voters in South Carolina shows Kershaw Senator Vincent Sheheen with 30 percent support, closely followed by State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex with 22 percent. State Senator Robert Ford trails with four percent of the vote.
Among Democrats polled, 12 percent prefer some other candidate in the race,with another 32 percent are undecided.This is a much higher rate of undecided voters than in the GOP race.
The independent polling company surveyed 404 people classified as “Likely Democratic Primary Voters” in South Carolina on May 17, 2010. Scott Rasmussen says Sheheen appears to be benefiting from his television advertising in the state, while Rex is the only Democrat who currently holds a statewide office.
Other findings from the poll:
Ford is viewed Very Favorably by four percent (4%) of Likely Democratic Primary Voters and Very Unfavorably by four percent. But 46 percent says they don’t know enough about him to venture any kind of opinion.
For Rex, Very Favorables are 15 percent and Very Unfavorables five percent. Thirty-six percent have no opinion of him.
Twenty-two percent regard Sheheen Very Favorably, while five percent see him Very Unfavorably. With 40 percent expressing no opinion, pollsters say he remains an unknown to many potential primary voters.